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Health staff go on 4-day strike
Clerical association wants demands met; no birth and death certificates issued 
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

The Civil Surgeon’s office wears a deserted look.
The Civil Surgeon’s office wears a deserted look. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, January 28
No birth and death certificates could be issued to people today at the Civil Surgeon's office here as the clerical staff went on a four-day strike today on a call given by the Punjab Health Department Subordinate Offices Clerical Association. Visitors, who were not aware of the strike, were at the receiving end and had to go back without their documents.

Surjeet Kumar, who had come from Pakhowal village to collect his brother's birth certificate, said, "I got to know of the strike only after I reached the office. Now, I will have to wait for four days for the certificate."

There were many others like Surjeet Kumar who had to go back without collecting their certificates. Sushant, who was accompanying one of his relatives for getting a medical examination done, which was required before joining a new job, said, "We ended up wasting the whole day today for the medical examination. Now, we will have to come again. It is ironical that due to the strike, people have to suffer. The fight of the staff is with the government and not with us." No death, birth or medical certificates could be issued today.

Around 150 death and birth certificates are issued daily to people at the office here. Besides, medical examination of those who have to join new jobs are also done.

Work at Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, also suffered. The Deputy Medical Commissioner, Dr AK Handa, said, "Work suffered at the hospital due to the strike by the clerical staff."

Members of the Punjab Health Department Subordinate Offices Clerical Association also held a protest dharna outside the Civil Surgeon's office in Ludhiana in support of their demands.

Sukhvinder Singh, president of the association, said, "We had met the former Health Minister twice in 2011 in connection with our demands. On October 26, 2012, we had met officers of the Health Department, who assured us that a meeting would be held on January 22. The meeting was not held. In protest, we decided to go on a four-day strike from today."

What the employees want

  • 60 posts of accountant should be filled through promotion
  • Promotions in the Department of Statistics
  • Regular promotions of assistants, superintendents, stenographers and the statistical staff
  • Selection grades for clerks
  • Seniority lists of employees should be finalised
  • Employees of other cadres should not be deployed against clerical posts
  • New districts should have posts of clerical staff 


Work suffered due to the strike by the clerical staff. As the strike will continue for the next three days, we will see to it that visitors who come to collect their documents do not suffer.
—Dr Kausahl Saini, Assistant Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana


Woman, son killed, three injured in road accident
Jaswant Shetra

The mangled remains of a car that met with an accident near Sidhwan Bet on Monday.
The mangled remains of a car that met with an accident near Sidhwan Bet on Monday. A Tribune photograph 

(Sidhwan Bet) Jagraon,January 28
A middle-aged woman and her son were killed while her husband and younger son were critically injured in a fatal road accident near Sidhwan Bet on the Jagraon-Nakodar road today. The accident took place when the Maruti Zen car the family was travelling in collided head-on with a truck coming from the opposite direction near the Tehsil Complex, Sidhwan Bet, at around 11 am. The driver of the car was seriously injured in the accident.

The deceased have been identified as Kamlesh Rani (42) and her son Vishal (24). Kamlesh's husband Surinder Kumar, their elder son Gaurav and car driver Bhinder were injured in the mishap. The victims belonged to Sidhwan Bet.

The victims were going to attend a religious function at Dera Sacha Sauda in Sirsa in the car. Such was the impact of the collision that the car fell several metres away from the road and got badly damaged.

The victims were taken to the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, in an ambulance where Kamlesh Rani and her son Vishal were declared brought dead by doctors. The three injured are undergoing treatment at the DMCH and their condition is stated to be critical.

Soon after the accident, a police team from the Sidhwan Bet police station arrived at the accident scene and impounded the truck involved in the accident. The truck driver, who is yet to be identified, managed to flee from the spot before the police arrived.

No case had been registered in this regard till the filing of this report. Sidhwan Bet SHO Jangjit Singh said the police had impounded the truck and started investigations. "We are waiting for the postmortem reports of the victims. The statements of the injured would be recorded and appropriate action taken against the guilty," said the SHO.



Woman delivers on train 
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
An expectant woman delivered a baby on a train during her journey from Delhi to Ludhiana yesterday. Janki Devi (22) and her husband Vinod Kumar were coming to the city from their native village in Uttar Pradesh. They had boarded the Pashim Express, which arrived at the Ludhiana railway station at 4.30 pm yesterday.

Vinod Kumar said Janki started getting labour pains near Ambala and she delivered a girl child before reaching the Ludhiana junction.

The couple lives at Paundori village near Mullanpur and had married last year. It was the couple's first child. The mother and the baby are doing fine.

The railway staff on the train informed the Ludhiana control room which arranged an ambulance by calling 108.

"We had received a call form the railway station and were there before the train reached the station. The woman had delivered a baby before the train reached the station. We gave her preliminary treatment at the station. We took them to the Civil Hospital where senior doctors examined them. Doctors said both the mother and the babay were healthy," said Bikramjeet Singh, driver of the ambulance.

Father wants free railway pass for baby

Vinod Kumar, father of the baby, met the railway superintendent here today. He visited the railway station and claimed free travel pass for the baby for the entire life. Vinod Kumar claimed that there was a provision in the railway laws that if anyone was born on a train, the Railways would issue a free pass to the child, which would be valid for the entire life. However, the railway authorities denied his claim and said there was no such provision. Ravinder Sharma, Station Superintendent, Ludhiana, said, "Someone misguided the baby's father. I have heard that there is such a provision in some airlines, but the Railways does not have any such provision. We convinced him after a long discussion".



Chinks in Cong come to the fore during protest
Seven councillors owing allegiance to MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu stay away
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
Congress councillors held a protest against the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation commissioner in the Zone A office today in which the party looked a divided house as seven councillors from MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu's group stayed away. Councillors of the Ashu group later attended a meeting convened by Zonal Commissioner Isha Kalia in the Zone D office.

In the 75-member MC, the Congress has 19 councillors, of whom seven owe allegiance to Ludhiana West MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu.

It is not the first time that Congress councillors from Ashu's group have stayed away from such a protest. Earlier, on December 20, when the District Congress Committee (Urban) organised a protest outside the Zone A office, these seven councillors had stayed away.

On November 11, this group had boycotted a function organised by Pawan Dewan to honour Manish Tewari on becoming the Information and Broadcasting Minister.

Infighting in the Congress is an open secret now. Both Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari and MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu have been at loggerheads for a long time. Whenever Pawan Dewan, District Congress Committee (Urban) president, or Hem Raj Aggarwal, leader of the opposition in the MC, both confidants of Tewari, organise a function in the city, Ashu and his group stay away.

Councillors owing allegiance to the Ashu group are Deepika Bhalla, Narinder Sharma, Mamta Ashu, Balkar Singh Sandhu, Gurpreet Singh Bassi, Maharaj Singh Raji and Jai Parkash Sharma.

Balkar Singh Sandhu, chairman of the Congress councillors in the House, said he was not informed about the protest by the organisers. "We all know that the financial position of the MC is bad. Instead of holding such protests, we should devise means to generate revenue. Such protests will not lead us anywhere," he said.

Leader of the opposition Hem Raj Aggarwal maintained that all Congress councillors were informed about today's dharna. "Even if someone did not get a formal invitation, he should have joined the protest on his own since we had already announced the protest for today at a press conference. I will write about it to the party high command so that the party discipline is maintained," he said.

Dharna to continue

The protest was organised on Monday against development charges in the core area, imposition of property tax and for convening a general house meeting of the MC. Hem Raj Aggarwal said till the time their demands were not met, councillors hold a protest in the Zone A office everyday from 10 am to 12 noon. The Mayor should convene a general house meeting so that the problems concerning city residents can be highlighted, said Aggarwal.

MC staff pulled up

Perturbed over a delay in maintenance works, MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma pulled up the MC staff by convening a meeting. "Maintenance does not require much funds and the staff should understand that there should be no lapse when it comes to such works. I will not hesitate in taking action against the staff if I find any delay concerning maintenance work," said Verma.



BJP leader's father dies of gunshot
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
Manjeet Singh (65), father of BJP leader Nirbhay Singh, of Sahnewal, died after sustaining a bullet injury on his lungs under mysterious circumstances at his house near Railway Road in Sahnewal here today.

Manjeet Singh was taken to a multi-specialty hospital at Sherpur Chowk in a serious condition, where he died around 10.30 pm. The incident took place at 9. 30 pm. Family members heard the sound of a gunshot and found Manjeet unconscious in a pool of blood. Jaswinder Singh, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Sahnewal, said, "We have been informed that the man sustained a bullet shot while cleaning the weapon, but it will be too early to comment."



Two more gangsters in police net
One of them holds a degree in mechanical engineering
Tribune News Service

ADCP-I Nilambari Jagdale addresses a press conference in Ludhiana on Monday.
ADCP-I Nilambari Jagdale addresses a press conference in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, January 28
The police has arrested an engineering graduate and a computer expert, who were part of a gang that was busted on January 25.

Gurvinder Singh, alias Guri, of Payal village and Arshwinderpal Singh, alias Honey, a resident of Ahmedgarh Mohalla in Ahmedgarh, were arrested last night while their third accomplice Gurjant Singh managed to escape.

On January 25, the police had arrested Gagandeep Singh, alias Gagan Ghloti of Ghloti village, Jagdev Singh, alias Jaggi, of Jagnod village near Doraha, Ravipal Singh of Payal village and Gurpreet Singh, alias Gaggi, of Bilaspur village were arrested from a vacant plot near the Civil Hospital while they were planning to execute a robbery.

The police seized two swords, two sickles, a .32-bore country-made revolver, an automatic pistol and two cartridges from the accused's possession. The police also recovered 550 gm of heroin from them.

The accused are notorious criminals. Several cases have been registered against them in Barnala, Sangrur and the Khanna area. They are wanted in two murders, kidnapping and assault cases.

Gurvinder Singh, alias Guri, entered the world of crime after completing his degree in mechanical engineering, while Arshwinderpal Singh, alias Honey, who was pursing the BCA course, left studies and took to crime.

ADCP-I Nilambari Jagdale, while addressing a press conference, said, "Both accused are perfect examples of what bad company can do. They are all from well-to-do families, but they chose the path of crime and turned drug addicts."

Gagandeep Singh Ghloti had been an active member of the Lakhi gang, being run by notorious gangster Gurvinder Singh Lakhi.

Lakhi was killed by rival gang leader Kala Dhanoula last year following which Gagandeep took charge of the gang.

Another accused, Jagdev Singh Jaggi, had remained a key member of the Ricky Pehalwan gang that was behind scores of crimes, murder and snatchings.

One of the accused, Ravipal Singh, had even undergone a jail term for killing rival gang leader Amrinderpal Singh.

The ADCP- I said after spreading terror in these areas, the gang decided to make the city their permanent base.

All of them started with small group fights, then got hooked on to drugs and started committing snatchings.

They soon got shelter from notorious gangsters and started committing heinous crimes, including murder ad kidnappings.

As money started coming easily, they left conventional drugs and took to heroin. They told the police that they purchased heroin from a drug peddler in the Amritsar area.

Sources said the accused had usurped many disputed properties in Barnala and the surrounding areas. 

Accused Fans of Honey Singh

All gang members are die-hard fans of Punjabi pop singer Honey Singh and have donned his hairstyle and wear the same kind of clothes and accessories. Hailing from different villages, they are all drug addicts.



Man commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
The Jodhewal Basti police has booked the wife and two "girlfriends" of a 32-year-old man, who committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his house in Shakti Nagar in Basti Jodhewal here today.

The deceased has been identified as Vikramjit Singh. He was running a hosiery store in the Jodhewal Basti area. The trio was booked after the police found a suicide note written by Vikramjit.



Confusion over fee hike cleared 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
The protest by the students of Arya College for Boys resolved today with an assurance by the management that those coming from financially weak families will not be asked to pay the hiked fees.

Students said, “We are satisfied as the authorities have agreed that the fee hike will not be liable to the students coming from financially weak families.”

The principal of the college said there was no fee-hike. It was just a confusion among the students which was cleared today.

Sukhwinder Singh, a student of Arya College, said the management had announced about the fee hike on January 23 by putting a notice on the college notice board.

“The fees for almost all the classes have been increased by the management. There has been a hike of Rs 2,000, Rs 1,000, Rs 3,000 for the courses, including BBA, BA and BCom, respectively. The students coming from financially good backgrounds can afford to pay the hiked amount but those coming from families with meager salaries cannot afford such hefty amounts. We were struggling for those students, who are intelligent but are unable to pay extra bucks,” said Sukhwinder Singh.

“As many as 150 students cannot bear the additional financial burden in the form of hiked fee,” said a student.

The college principal, Prof RC Tejpal, said fee was never hiked by the management and there was confusion amongst the students. The issue has amicably been resolved today after discussing the entire matter with students. 



Health fair at Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital today
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
The health department will hold a health fair tomorrow at Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital for the families under Rashtriya Swasthhya Beema Yojna.

Dr AK Handa, Deputy Medical Commissioner, Ludhiana, said: "There are 13,600 families who have been issued smart cards under RSBY. Any five members of each of these families can get their free health check-up done and get free medicines as per their requirement. The patients who need surgery will be admitted tomorrow for surgeries. CT scan and MRI will also be done free of cost for the patients."

The health fair will be inauguarted by Hussan Lal, Managing Director, National Rural health Mission. 



Ludhiana Cares holds awareness drive
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
An NGO, Ludhiana Cares, today launched an awareness and action drive for the safety of girls and women at the BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar.

The principals of various schools, senior police officers and doctors from DOSST participated in the event.

Mona Lall, associate director, INIFD, said "Seeti" (whistle) should be carried by all women wherever they go. When they need help they can blow it in a particular pattern, ie two short and one long blows. This would attract the attention of the people around and they can immediately come for help.

The institution heads applauded this idea and gave their support to 
introduce this to their students. Ludhiana Cares released the posters of "Seeti Cares" which says.. Seeti Baja Ke bol Bhaiya all is not well.

Harpreet Soin, Vice-President, HSBC, introduced the three-point agenda of the meeting. Kitty Bakshi from Inner wheel spoke about the do's and don't's for the counseling of students. Nilambari Jagdale, ADCP, spoke on all the newly launched police programs for women safety, the helpline numbers, the special women cells, the PCR's and their role, special police protection outside educational institutes, police counseling for students, and involving institutes and other public 
representatives in curbing the rising menace in the society.

Manmeet Sodhia, Director, Ivanna Institute, put forth a proposal for special self -defense training to at least two physical education teachers of eachschool in Ludhiana from the police.



Valmiki Samaj threatens government
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
On one side the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has fixed a deadline of February 28 for A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Ltd to start the door-to-door collection of garbage in all the 75 wards of the city, while on the other the Valmiki Samaj Bachao Andolan (VSBA) has threatened that if the company is allowed to widen its operations in the city, it would oppose the SAD-BJP combine in the Lok Sabha elections.

Ever since A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Ltd started its operations in the city on August 15, 2011, it has been facing protests by private garbage collectors.

On August 15, 2011, the staff of A2Z was even ‘manhandled’ by a group of private garbage collectors. Windowpanes of their vehicles were broken and new garbage bins were thrown into the Sidhwan Canal. The Sarabha Nagar Police had to register a case against the protesters and arrest a person, who was later released on bail. After that, the A2Z staff collected garbage under police protection.

In October 2011, the private garbage collectors of the state had gone on strike, after which a meeting between Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal and the members of the VSBA was held in Chandigarh on October 31, 2011.

“At that time, both the CM as well as the Deputy CM had promised that the private company would lift garbage only from the collection points and not from houses. After retaining power in the Vidhan Sabha elections last year, both the leaders backtracked on their promise and that is why the company is expanding its operations in the city, which we will not tolerate,” said Surinder Kalyan, chairman, VSBA, while addressing protesters on the Jagraon Bridge here today.

Even after 17 months since the A2Z company started its operations in city, its staff have been able to start door-to-door collection of garbage in only around 10 wards.

The MC Commissioner, Rakesh Kumar Verma, said the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation was committed to starting the door-to-door collection of garbage in the entire city. “All those opposing it should understand that this project is beneficial for the city and that is why we are committed to making it a success,” he added.



Traders stage protest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
Yet again, the traffic police and shopkeepers of the National road area are at loggerheads over imposing one-way traffic on the road.

The shopkeepers have complained the imposition of one-way traffic from Ghumarmandi and other adjoining streets on the National road has adversely affected their business.

The shopkeepers tried to block traffic on the road today.

The ACP (Traffic), Dhrumal Nimbule, assured the shopkeepers and traders that he would observe the system on Tuesday and a decision would be taken accordingly.

The system of one-way traffic on the road was proposed about 10 years ago. Ghumar Mandi has become a marketing hub of the city and traffic towards the market has been increasing day by day.



Commissioner warns latecomers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
The latecomers at the Zone D office were in for a shock today when MC Zonal Commissioner Isha Kalia checked the attendance at the office. Though no action was taken against the latecomers, Kalia warned them stating that if any official is found reporting late or absent during the working hours, action will be taken against him.

MC Additional Commissioner Isha Kalia, who was posted as Zonal Commissioner, Zone D, a few weeks ago, has issued instructions that in case any official goes on a ‘field’ duty or goes out of office for some official work, he should duly sign the movement register.

It is learnt that certain officials had not signed the movement register.

“Today, only strict warning was issued to such officials. Next time they are found reporting or leaving late, being absent from office during the working hours or not signing the movement register before proceeding somewhere, action will be taken against them,” said a senior MC official.



Industry rejects resumption of Indo-Pak trade ties
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
Although the Indo-Pak trade ties were resumed today, the local industry is yet to reconcile with the recent killing of two Indian soldiers on border. The industry does not approve of strengthening ties with the neighbouring country.

Gurmeet Singh Kular, president of the UCPMA, said after the recent incident, India should have adopted a tough stance. "How many chances do India have to give them. We should not rely upon them," he added.

"We should sever trade ties with Pakistan, be it through Attari-Wagah or through the Poonch route. Trade and travel is possible only if we enjoy a cordial relation with the other country. There is no point in carrying forward trade with Pakistan," said Vivek Kansal, another industrialist from the city.

President of the Federation of Association of Small Industries of India (FASII) Badish Jindal, had written to the Chief Minister and requested him to snap trade ties with Pakistan. "Pakistan is making all efforts to increase its exports to India and decrease its imports. The total Indian export to Pakistan is just 0.51 per cent of the total export share of India. Under such circumstances it is requested that Punjab must stop all the trade promotion activities between Pakistan and India". 



Parents, MGM School end Impasse Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
The deadlock between the management of MGM School and the parents of the wards studying in the school came to an end today as parents expressed satisfaction over the decisions taken by the two officials- ADC (G) Neeru Katyal and SDM (East) Ajay Sood- who acted as mediators between the parents and management.

Neeru Katyal, Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) said matter had been resolved amicably and parents were satisfied with all the decisions taken during the meeting with the management.

Katyal said there were total 104 students in the school and the future of the students was of prime concern during the meeting. She said since Ryan International had taken-over MGM School, the students willing to take admission in Ryan (from MGM School), would not be asked to pay any admission fee, which was around Rs 40,000, since they had paid it once.

“All the parents were not interested in getting their wards admitted at Ryan International. A list of other schools has been handed over where the students can take admission. These schools include Vardhman School, BVM School, GMT International Senior Secondary School, GMT Senior Secondary School, Jalandhar by pass, UPSC School, Jamalpur. All these schools are willing to provide admissions to the students without charging any admission fees,” said Neeru Katyal.

In case, the parents do not want to get their wards to any of the above mentioned schools, then the admission fees of Rs 12,500 (taken by MGM) will be refunded to the parents. Parents had also demanded that the tuition fee should also be refunded by the management. During the meeting it was decided that since the students had studied at MGM School for over nine months, it will not be refunded.

“Tomorrow we are holding another meeting. We will make sure that all the students get admissions in schools of their choice,” said Katyal.

Ramesh Bangar, president, Active Anti-Corruption Group, said parents were satisfied with the decisions taken by the administrative officials. 



Health Department issues instructions to schools 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
Health department today issued instructions to the education department to make students aware about swine flu. The step was taken after one more death was reported due to swine flu in the district.

District epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma said: “We have sent a circular to the district education officers (primary and secondary), Ludhiana. We have asked them to educate students about the symptoms and precautions to escape swine flu. We also instructed the officers to tell the school teachers that any sick student suffering from cough, cold and fever should not be allowed to attend the school as it may infect other students.” 

One dies of swine flu

Bharpur Singh from Faridkot district died on Monday at DMCH. Two more patients have tested positive of swine flu. One patient is from Ludhiana. He is admitted at Apollo Hospital. Other patient is from Rajasthan. He is admitted at DMCH. Till date 19 patients have tested positive of swine flu at Ludhiana. Out of these 19 patients, four are from Ludhiana, 14 are from other districts and one is from other state. 



College to provide primary health services on campus 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
The management of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College (GNDEC) has decided to provide primary health services to students, teachers and staff on the campus.

The decision was taken after the students of the college protested at the campus following the death of one of the hostel inmate due to the absence of medical facilities at the campus.

The college management has decided to have tie-up with Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital so that in case of any emergency the students can be taken to the hospital.

Dr MS Saini, principal, GNDEC, said: “Students never protested over the death of any fellow student. It is our moral duty to provide all basic facilities to them. A regular doctor will also be hired soon,” said the Principal.

On January 23, Niranjan Verma (hostel inmate), a student, had died after a brief illness. 



House burgled in Professor Colony
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
Thieves last night decamped with two tolas of gold, Rs 5,000, two gas cylinders and other valuable items from the house of former economic professor at Professor Colony near Pakhowal road.

According to sources, the thieves entered the house at night and the neighbours noticed some noise from the house. After the neighbours raised alarm the thieves fled away from the house.

The house belongs to Dr JL Sharma, retired economist of the Punjab Agriculture University (PAU). He is currently working at Akal School of Economics and Business Management International University Baru Sahib, Solan, Himachal Pradesh.

He said watchman of the locality was looking after the house in his absence.

Dr Sharma said he recently visited the house to meet his son, who lives in US and was on a vacation to India. The Sarabha Nagar police have started their investigations.



New varieties of fruits developed by PAU get nod for cultivation

Three new varieties each of fruits, vegetables, and flowers, developed by the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), have been approved for general cultivation in the Punjab state. The varieties, including Punjab Tej and Punjab Sindhuri of chilli; PBH 3 of brinjal; Daisy and W Murcott of citrus; Shweta of guava; Punjab Glad I of gladiolus; and Punjab Purple Wave and Punjab Choco Gold of pansy, were approved for commercial cultivation in the state during the state variety approval committee meet for horticulture crops, held under the chairmanship of Dr LS Brar, Director of Horticulture, Punjab, at the PAU.

Workshop to promote extramural research held

The senior officials and farm experts of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) today gave power point presentations during the one-day brain storming workshop on “Promoting Extramural Research in Punjab State” held at the PAU, today. The workshop, jointly organised by the PAU’s Department of Extension Education and Punjab State Council for Science and Technology (PSCST), Chandigarh, was supported by State Science and Technology Programme, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. The representatives of PSCST, including principal scientific officers-Dr SK Saxena, Dr KS Bath, Dr Dipinder Bakshi, and Process Engineer Krishikant Singla- highlighted the thrust areas of the research and schemes for funding the research programmes. Mandakini, project associate, PSCST, also attended the workshop. In addition to the participation of deans, heads and faculty members of various departments of the PAU, the scientists of Kirshi Vigyan Kendras, Farm Advisory Service Scheme and Research Stations of the university also participated in the workshop. Dr RS Sidhu, Dean, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, while speaking on the status, problems and strategies of agri-growth in Punjab, said: “The declining bio-diversity, abrupt climatic changes, and growing indebtedness and farmers' suicides are the emerging farm issues.”

ICAR Deputy Director General (Fisheries) visits CIPHET

Dr B Meenakumari, Deputy Director General, Fisheries, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), today visited the Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology to take stock of research activities initiated by CIPHET in the area of fisheries sector. Speaking on the occasion, Dr B Meenakumari said fisheries sector of India has lot of growth potential both in marine as well in fresh water. “Providing quality seed and proper feed are the biggest challenges in fisheries sector,” she said adding that innovative thinking is required for putting growth in fisheries sector on fast track.



Gurpurb celebrated

Mata Ganga Khalsa Collegiate Senior Secondary School, Kottan, celebrated Gurpurb at the campus today. Path of Sri Sukhmani Sahib was recited by the principal, staff and students. Kirtan was recited by Prof Rajinder Kaur and the students of music department. Inderjit Singh Loppon, vice-president; and Raghbir Singh Sahranmajra, vice-secretary of the local managing committee, were also present on the occasion.

Eye camp held

A vision check-up camp was organised at Guru Nanak International Public School, Model Town, by Rana Hospital. Dr Brijinder S Rana along with his team checked 
the eye sight of the students. The doctors advised the students to have nutritious and balanced diet along with periodical eye check-ups. Dr Rana said about 10 per cent of school children and 30 per cent adults suffer from refractive errors.

GNPS student honoured

Gursimran Singh Anand of Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, brought laurels to the school by securing 1st position in Punjab in Class X examination conducted by the CBSE in 2012. Gursimran was awarded a certificate of appreciation by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (Department of Higher Education). He was also invited as a guest of Prime Minister of India to view the Republic Day Parade, 2013, from the Prime Minister's Box at Rajpath, New Delhi. The school management and Principal Mona Singh congratulated Gursimran for his outstanding achievement.

National girl child day celebrated

Grove Public School, Mohanpur, Khanna, celebrated National Girl Child Day at the school campus. Rippanjot Kaur, a student of class X, delivered a speech on girl child’s importance in society. A power point presentation on women leaders was also showcased on the occasion. 



Dept fails to introduce VAT-15 form
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
The Excise and Taxation Department has once again failed to meet the deadline for the launch of new VAT quarterly returns e-form, VAT-15. The date for the issuing of new VAT forms was set for January 23.

Traders are yet to file their returns for the quarter, October-December. According to the rule, the last date for the filing of quarterly returns is January 30. Now, the department has announced that the last date for the filing of VAT quarterly returns will be one month after the issuing of the VAT form.

The Taxation Young Lawyers Association has submitted a memorandum to the Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Anurag Verma, and requesting him that the VAT-15 form should not be introduced as filing returns through it is a very cumbersome process.

"The VAT-15 form is very complicated as one has to even to mention in it the quantity of goods sold. The department is taking too long to introduce the new form. It should have been introduced right after the quarter had ended," said Jatinder Khurana, president of the Taxation Young Lawyers Association.

Another trader, Subhash Singla, said: "If we fail to file returns on time we are slapped a penalty. But, now that the department has failed to issue new forms, nobody is there to question the officials. Forms should have been introduced on time as it will take traders some time to understand the new form as also get their software updated".



Ludhiana scan
Dharna staged against Punjab Government, PAU

A dharna was organised by the PAU Employees Union against the dilly dallying attitude of the Punjab Government and the PAU authorities for not releasing the 70 per cent arrears of revised pay scales which is pending for than two years. Employees and retired pensioners participated in the dharna.

Exhibition concludes

Exhibition on fine art landscape and nature photography by Manraj concluded today. The seven-day exhibition attracted many art lovers. On the concluding day, Dr Sanjeev Uppal (Head Plastic Surgery, DMC) said, “Such exhibitions are a source of inspiration for everyone.”

De-addiction camp held

The Department of Psychiatry organised a de-addiction and an awareness camp on drug abuse and its causes, prevention and treatment in Gill  village. As many as 170 patients were examined by Dr Ranjive Mahajan and Dr Pankaj Kumar. Dr Ranjive Mahajan, while expressing concern over the alarming rise of drug abuse among youth in Punjab, said: “Addiction is an illness. The people suffering from drug addiction should be treated like any other ill patient.”


Harjinder Singh Chahal has been appointed as president of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur International German faction, and Gurmeet Singh has been appointed as general secretary. Krishan Kumar Bawa, president of Baba Banda Bahadur, said: “I hope that after appointing Chahal as the president of the German faction the organization will get stronger at the international level.”

Commodities distributed

Baba Amarnath Langar Committee distributed commodities of daily need among the needy women. Harwinder Happy, president of the committee, after distributing ration said, “Every year the committee organises langar. We have adopted six children and are taking care of their studies.” 



Two arrested with 112 kg of poppy husk
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, Jan 28
The Dehlon police has arrested three persons, including two drug peddlers, and recovered 112 kg of poppy husk, Rs 3,050 and two vehicles used in the crime.

The accused have been identified as Nirmal Singh Nimma and Jatinder Singh Kaka of Ghungrana village and Amandeep of Kot Mangal Singh, Ludhiana.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Sikand said a police party, led by SHO Harbans Singh, seized 64 kg of poppy husk from the possession of a youth, who tried to flee after he was signalled to stop at a naka set up on the outskirts of Jartauli village on the Kalakh Majri Road today. The accused has been identified as Nirmal Singh Nimma.

In another incident, the police arrested Jatinder Singh at a naka in Nangal village and seized a bag containing 48 kg of contraband. A scooter (PB 10 A 8734) and motorcycle (PB 56 B 8707) used by the drug peddlers were impounded.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the accused used to bring the contraband from drug-peddlers in the Satluj area. They sold it to labourers and addicts at deserted places alongside link roads and canals.Singh of Kot Mangal Singh Ludhiana was arrested for allegedly organising gambling at a common place. 



2 dead in road mishap
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, January 28
Two persons were killed in a road accident in Mandi Gobindgarh.

According to ASI Pavittar Singh, last night two boys on a tow-wheeler were going to Satnam Dhaba at around 11 pm when their two-wheeler slipped and they fell on the road. They were identified as Babloo and Seya Ram from Uttar Pardesh. Both were taken to the local civil hospital where the doctors declared Seya Ram dead.

Babloo was refereed to General Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, where succumbed to his injuries. The local police had registered a case under Section 174 of the Cr PC. Bodies were later handed over to their familes after the post mortem.



5-yr-old boy sodomised
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
A factory worker allegedly sodomised his colleague's five-year-old son in Phase VIII of the Focal Point area.

The victim's family brought the matter to the notice of the police yesterday, following which the police registered a case against Pushpinder Mehta and started investigation.

The boy narrated the incident to his family in the morning and he was taken to the Civil Hospital for a medical checkup.

He said on January 25, Pushpinder Mehta offered him sweets and took him into a room where he sodomised him. 



582 cases of liqour seized 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
The Excise And Taxation Department today seized 582 cases of liquor from an unapproved godown.

Out of the total seizure of 582 cases, 539 cases were Punjab Made Liquor (PML) and 43 cases were Indian Made Foriegn Liqiuor (IMFL).

The godown is registered under the name of Kulbir Singh and situated near Rahon Chowk.

HPS Ghotra, Assistant Commissioner, Excise and Taxation Department said Kulbir Singh had kept liquor in huge amount at an unapproved godown. On a tip off the raid was conducted at the godown and 582 cases of liquor was seized from an unapproved godown. 



Crime briefs
Gangsters nabbed

The city police has nabbed two members of the notorious Chandarma gang and seized 22 quintals of stolen aluminum. The accused have been identified as Subhay Kumar and Ramakant of Mundia Kalan. The police has also nabbed the scrap dealers, Avtar Singh and Bhinder Singh, who run their shop near Sherpur Chowk. Inderjeet Singh, SHO, Meharban Police Station, said four members of the gang were yet to be arrested. The gang had struck at 25 places in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi.

3 held with stolen SUV

The city police has nabbed three persons and recovered a stolen SUV. The accused, identified as Hardeep Singh, Manoj Kumar and Ravinder Singh, hail from Haryana. They were arrested at a naka set up by the Jodhewal Basti police on the GT Road.

Lawyer hurt in accidental fire

Panic spread in the court complex here on Monday afternoon when an accidental fire from a revolver belonging to advocate Gurjinder Singh Sahi hurt his colleague Rajesh Rai’s finger. Rai suffered a minor injury. Jaspal Singh, in charge, court complex police post, said they had received the information but no formal complaint had been made.

Man commits suicide

Ravinderpal Singh (40) of Janakpuri allegedly hanged himself from a ceiling fan at his house. His wife Gurmeet Kaur saw him hanging and informed the police. A financial crisis is suspected to be the reason behind his extreme step.

Youth found dead

In another incident Anurag (25) of Thapar Colony, Haibowal, was found dead under mysterious circumstances here. According to his family, Anurag returned home last night and went to sleep. He did not wake up in the morning.

2 killed in mishaps

A woman was crushed under a train while a migrant worker was killed after he was hit by an auto-rickshaw on Sunday night. The woman, who appeared to be a 
middle-aged migrat worker, could not be identified. The man, who was run over by an auto-rickshaw, has been identified as Lallu Lal. He was crossing a road near Sahnewal when the accident occurred. — TNS



Jalandhar EME win hockey meet
Our Correspondent

Amloh, January 28
The second All-India Four-day Hockey Tournament, which was organised by the NRI Sports Club, Amloh, concluded at Govt Secondary School here last evening. Vidhan Sabha Speaker Charanjit Singh Attwal was the chief guest while the concluding function was presided over by former minister Randhir Singh Cheema.

The final match was played between EME, Jalandhar, and the BSF. In the 20th minute of the first half, Beeju of EME scored the first goal and after two minutes Raju scored the second goal. The BSF team failed to convert any of the four penalty corners. Sukhjit Singh of the BSF succeeded to score the first goal of the team in the 55th minute of the play.

In the girls’ final, Khalsa College, Patiala, scored two goals against Police Lines Girls School, Patiala, while the latter scored only one goal.



Ramandeep to represent PU
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
Ramandeep Kaur, who bagged three gold medals in the Panjab University Inter-college Athletics Meet held recently in Chandigarh, has been selected to represent the university in the All-India Inter-varsity Athletics meet scheduled to be held in Kolkata.

Ramandeep had won top honours in the 400m, 800m and 4x400m relay during the Panjab University Inter-college Athletics Meet in Chandigarh. She was adjudged the best athlete by Panjab University.

Ramandeep had also won four gold medals in the inter-college athletics meet last year. She had proved her mettle in 400m, 800, 4x100 and 4x400m.In 2012, Ramandeep bagged the fourth position in the meet.

Ramandeep is a postgraduate student at Guru Nanak Girls College and has been participating in athletics meets for the past two years.

She said she used to play kho-kho during her graduation studies. But she did not do well in kho-kho and shifted to athletics two years ago. She had taken part in national events in kho-kho.

Talking about her dreams, Ramandeep said: "I want to play in international events. I am devoting my time to achieve this target".

Sanjeev Kumar, coach, said: “I believe this girl will shine. Ramandeep has achieved a lot in the past two years. She is a dedicated player. I hope she will become an international player”.



Chakar academy pugilist shines
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, January 28
In yet another major win for Sher-e-Punjab Sports Academy, Chakar, its pugilist Harjit Singh won gold in the 5th National Rural Boxing Championship held recently in Maharashtra. Harjit Singh won the gold medal in the 57 kg category of the under-16 section.

The championship was organised from January 21 to 24 at Aurangabad in Maharashtra.

According to Shere Punjab Sports Academy chief administrator Balwant Singh Sandhu, Harjit Singh defeated pugilists from Haryana and Jharkhand to reach the final. "In the final clash, Harjit beat Uttarakhand pugilist in a tough contest to win the gold medal for Punjab and made us proud," added Sandhu.

As soon as the news of Harjit Singh winning the national-level gold reached the village, the villagers distributed sweets among people.

Harjit Singh was given a warm welcome by the villagers when he returned to the village. Later on, a brief function was organised at the academy during which its chairman Ajmer Singh Sidhu felicitated Harjit Singh. Coach Harpreet Singh, NRI Nirmal Singh Kingra, Navjot Sandhu and others were also present.

It is not the first time that a trainee of Shere Punjab Sports Academy has won a national-level medal.



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